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Old 03-08-2014, 05:52 PM   #1
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Need opinions - Painted Headlight

I'm thinking of offering this as a part of my headlight retrofit service.
I have this spare headlight that I like to experiment with and have always wondered what it would look like with the inner shroud painted to match the car color. This is just some off the shelf gloss white to get the idea, but I do have Glacier White matched paint for any final drafts.
I would also install Nine8Six's projectors and probably use my clear set if I built these.

I'm going to experiment with methods of removing the silver eyeliner so I can try painting it to match as well and will post pics.

Good? Bad? Tacky? Just Don't do it!?

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Old 03-08-2014, 05:59 PM   #2
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Oh my gosh....that is AWESOME in white. Two thumbs way way up. Very sexy stuff. Well done.
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I like it. Might look good in black too... (with your current color scheme)
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This looks great in white! If you could somehow paint the chrome trim, it could make the headlight "disappear"
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I thought it looked really cool, but wasn't sure if it was just the paint fumes
I need to find a way to remove the silver paint from the perimeter without damaging the clear plastic so that I can paint it, too. I've read that brake fluid works. There's one way to find out.

I'll work on that silver paint and report back.
I think it's what this is trying to achieve, but actually looks good and fits the car instead of being tacked on.


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Old 03-08-2014, 10:42 PM   #7
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+1 looks great.
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I have never been a fan of amber on white Boxster's, but I think it would look great on clears with the light modification, especially if you could also paint the silver edge to match. You might also consider all black which I think would look really slick with those rims, top, and side stripes.
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Thanks

I have the all black look now, but have a second set of amber headlights that I want to do this with and install custom projectors, possibly also painted to match.
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This is the look I am after.
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Looks very good, but keep the silver eyeliner.
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I like both I think in the end its to choose between originality and a more standard refresh look. The nice thing is that you already have the headlights so you could swap them from time to time.
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This is the look I am after.
you may need some orange paint... But ya it looks good. what is the deal with your litronic headlights. they look different.
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I love that look! As for the perimeter, I think it would look cool white and the gaps would provide a nice, subtle, outline. I thought that maybe even a black perimeter, to match your other accents, would look cool, but after doing a quick touch-up to your picture, no... just, no... way too much thick black on the front.
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Looks great! I think the silver outline should stay. Will the paint hold up to the heat if parked in the sun?

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you may need some orange paint... But ya it looks good. what is the deal with your litronic headlights. they look different.
His projectors are custom from the "Porsche Headlight Retrofit [from CAD, prototyping to finish)" thread.
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Looks great! I think the silver outline should stay. Will the paint hold up to the heat if parked in the sun?
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The paint that I'll be using is OEM Glacier White and clear coat, so I sure hope so!

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you may need some orange paint... But ya it looks good. what is the deal with your litronic headlights. they look different.
Lit what? Like Bruce said, these are custom made. The projectors are made by Nine8Six (See here...) and I use them to build these headlights for 986 and 996 owners







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I think it looks too 1990's to be fully monochromatic. I could see doing something that will play better with the white than going with the full contrast of black, like maybe pearlescent or mettalic finish with a greyish/bluish hue, like when you look into an HID bulb. Or like a Tintanium color coupled with a gun metal projector.

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I definitely want to be one of your customers! On a sliver car, the black look totally changes the whole design of the front end.
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I love that look! As for the perimeter, I think it would look cool white and the gaps would provide a nice, subtle, outline. I thought that maybe even a black perimeter, to match your other accents, would look cool, but after doing a quick touch-up to your picture, no... just, no... way too much thick black on the front.
I wondered if you were ever going to post
Yeah, I'm thinking that the thin lines created by the headlight/car gasket and the headlight/housing seal will create enough "eyeliner", but we shall see. You've also got to try to picture them with much more modern looking projectors



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I think it looks too 1990's to be fully monochromatic.
That's kind of what I thought, but I have 2 sets, so I'll probably keep playing with this spare headlight until I find something I like

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I definitely want to be one of your customers! On a sliver car, the black look totally changes the whole design of the front end.
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I still have a set of the halogens so maybe I'll do those as well. Your mod definitely increases their value.

So you can do this mod with Litronics too and not just the pumpkins?
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Does the paint color have any affect on the lights performance ? Or is it strictly cosmetic ? I'm trying to figure out what to do on my arctic silver car.

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